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October 17, 2011

Filed under: poems —— oliviaacevedo @ 10:45 pm
DISCLAIMER: I'm suffering from serious writers block,
I'm not even sure this is a real poem.
Enjoy my mess.
I don't want to write a love poem,
I'm not sure what love is.
Instead I'll write a hate poem,
'cus they kind of go hand in hand.

I hate how quick we are to use it,
We sound so ignorant.
Don't say it if you don't mean it,
You can't mean it, you don't know what it is.

How will we know if we're in love?
Don't tell me you just know.
This isn't just some fairytale,
Your actions DO have consequence,
And your lies can fuck us up.

October 11, 2011

Filed under: poems —— oliviaacevedo @ 6:09 am

Help me get rid of this pain in my chest

This life is becoming too much for me

Spinning in circles my head is a mess.


It’s been far to long since I’ve laid to rest

Piles of papers are all I can see

Help me get rid of this pain in my chest.


Work, work and more work; oh God there’s a test?

Nine hours a day no time to study

Spinning in circles my head is a mess.


Burnt out, is the semester over yet?

Is this really worth a college degree?

Help me get rid of this pain in my chest.


My mind is broken, a leaky faucet

Dripping and dripping it drains all of me

Spinning in circles my head is a mess.


Desperation kicks in; temptations set

This life is becoming too much for me

Just one little fix, that isn’t far fetched…

Help me get rid of this pain in my chest.

October 3, 2011

Cash Rules Everything Around Me – C.R.E.A.M.

Filed under: music —— oliviaacevedo @ 1:37 am

Have you ever gotten lost while listening to your favorite song? So mesmerized by the lyrics and the emotion the artist put behind it? I guess we all have, but what rarely crosses our mind is the image an artist must maintain in order to be successful. Today, the music industry is more superficial than ever, but appearance has been one of the most important parts of an artists career since artists began being shown nationally and internationally on television, and in magazines. To the record industry an artist is a cash flowing product first and an artist later. If Elvis’ appearance didn’t match his soothing vocals, record executives would have thought twice about signing him. This also goes with some of the biggest names in music history, Michael Jackson, the Beatles, Prince, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey, just to name a few. This trend followed into the 21st century with artists like Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Justin Bieber and Katy perry. Some would argue that when money is involved, talent takes a backseat to good looks.

Appearance may be nine tenths of the law, but we can’t forget about sales and ratings. When I was sixteen I auditioned for American Idol, clearly I didn’t make it very far. What surprised me most was the flamboyantly dressed drag queen who made it further than I did. I’m not quite sure the man in drag had talent, but he would definitely attract the attention of viewers at home, which means ratings. Controversy sells just as much as sex, and Jordan sneakers on a Saturday.

Combined, appearance and ratings or sales go hand in hand. Adele is the perfect example. She doesn’t fit in with the Gagas and Beyoncès of the industry because she is not “slim enough.” I can’t tell you how many times Adele has been judged by her appearance and not by her soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics. Because she does’t spark controversy, have a famous hair cut, or wear produce as apparel, she is pushed aside in order to make room for those who do. Luckily, Adele’s talent doesn’t go to waste, once people look past the superficial things and hear her music she’s appreciated. Adele is also on her way to being the top selling artist of 2011, with her album “21” being more than three times platinum (she is a musician, her job is to sing not to look like your fantasy). Although Adele faces much criticism, she proves that entertainment, sales, and appearance take a backseat to talent.

With one person breaking the trend, I hope it continues. This may encourage those with talents who don’t fit the “norm” to reach for their dreams.

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